(From Radio Netherlands Worldwide.)
If you haven't heard (shame on you too!) the Parliament of Uganda was discussing whether or not to pass a law whereby homosexuals over there would receive the death penalty. Gays would be killed -- not because they stole or raped or murdered, but merely because they were 'HIV positive, “repeat offenders” or engaged in sexual activity with a disabled partner (regardless of consent)'.
Shame on Uganda indeed.
It's no secret that the gays get a lot of flack from people worldwide -- they are bullied, shunned, made fun of, and even kicked out of their own households. A friend of mine once asked their mother what she'd do if she found out they were gay. Their mother's reply? "I would beat it out of you and drag you to church."
I realise religion plays an important factor in this, especially Christianity. In the Bible, Leviticus 18:22 states: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." which was basically God telling Moses that man sleeping with another man as he would a woman was wrong. The thing is, there are other practices in Leviticus that we no longer follow, aren't there? Who decides what stays and what goes?
Please keep in mind that my knowledge of the Bible and indeed Christianity in general is pretty shallow, so it would be pointless to expect me to discuss it with you (or even argue with you!) in the comments. Minimal though my knowledge is, I don't believe God would order his followers to judge and condemn a whole group of people who can't help how they are. Killing people for being gay is awfully similar to killing people for being Jewish, isn't it?
(From The Sydney Morning Herald.)
This law is so ridiculous that even this gay-hating pastor is against it. If you are too, you can do your bit to help stop it! Sign the petition here! The goal has been reached, but more names certainly wouldn't hurt. In fact, the more the better -- the clause in the anti-gay bill concerning the death sentence has apparently been removed, but the fact that there'd be an anti-gay bill is sickening to me. Sign, sign, sign!
One last thing before I end this post. Every time I speak up about gay rights, especially among my friends, I get asked the same question in the same accusatory tone: "Are you gay?"
Using your logic, if standing up for gay rights makes me gay, standing up for animal rights would make one an animal.
Edit: The bill has been shelved! We've won...for now!